Cascade Canyon Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,128 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is an unbelievable hike up into the base of the Grand Tetons via a boat ride across Jenny Lake. This hike will bring you deep into the Teton Mountain Range. This popular hike will start from the shore of the lake and take you up to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point which provides great views out over the National Park. Most people will stop at this point but this guide will take you a little further up into Cascade Canyon where you might spot a moose or two before heading back for the boat return across Jenny Lake.

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snow
8 hours ago

Completed the hike May 29th. We hiked from Jenny lake —> inspiration point —> cascade canyon. Round trip was 15 miles. 85% of the cascade canyon trail is covered in snow. We didn’t have crampons or trekking poles and made it to the end but it was a push. Highly recommend, the views are worth all the post-holing!

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muddy
snow
1 day ago

Caught the last light of day touching the tops of the tetons at the opening of the canyon and it was beautiful! Had to tack on extra mileage to this hike as the Jenny Lake ferry that takes you to the official trailhead is not running at this time- furthest we could drive the car was to the Jenny Lake trailhead which eventually intersects this trailhead. We started the hike at 5PM and hiked back down in the dark, which wasn’t terrible as the trail is well maintained. Definitely wasn’t complaining about hiking back under a blanket of stars either. Parts of the trail are still under snow so had to hike through some slush at times but nothing was iced over.

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icy
muddy
snow
3 days ago

It’s open. (As of May 20, 2020 or so) Don’t believe the postings about it / the park being closed due to Covid-19. IT IS OPEN. This is worth the push-through. Lots of snow on the trail. TAKE TREKKING POLES. We saw most peeps w/o trekking poles but if you can - at all - take them. Crampons would be good too. Waterproof shoes are very important. Plus you’ll want great shoe tread. Hey, don’t turn around till you get to the big cascade on your right and the river broadens our to about 400’ in width. It’s obvious. Don’t cheat yourself. Go that far. 1-2 hours from Inspiration Point.

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28 days ago

Absolutely amazing.

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2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Did it in early June and saw a moose family when we were in the canyon and another bull moose by himself when we were about a mile or so from our car.

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4 months ago

Great trail. I was here from Atlanta, Georgia. This hike was the most beautiful hike of my life. It was awe-inspiring and felt right out of a magazine. Lots of rock and roots so be sure to pick your feet up. Wore new shoes, toes were so bruised that I ended up loosing a toenail from this hike (3mos afterward). Bring your broken in shoes for this but you will enjoy this trail.

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7 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. We made it all the way until 2 miles to the fork. Saw a large black bear that wanted the trail more than we did coming straight for us. We were a total of 30 yards away at that point. We turned around as well as 10 other hikers. There were only two of us that had bear spray out of 10 people. I don’t understand this. I’m glad I had spray it gave a little comfort knowing that I had it. However, the bear seemed like it did not want to be near us as we didn’t to him. Enjoyed the canyon views, the stream next to us and the snow that was still on the ground. Like this one over death canyon.

recorded Cascade Canyon Trail

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Trail was challenging but worth it! Not too steep of a trail but it did have its ups and downs. Saw a black bear but he didn’t care much for us, we simply went around him off trail. Would definitely do again and next time starting early so we could do the solitude tail!

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7 months ago

Very easy elevation gain. You’ll need to take the alternate route around Jenny Lake, as the old trail route is still closed. Make sure to check out Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point on your way up.

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8 months ago

Great trail. Glad the forecast was wrong. Saw moose and a couple of deer. Up hill at first and then rather flat thereafter.

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8 months ago

We took the ferry across the lake and hiked to hidden falls and on up to inspiration point. Moderate to difficult and heavily trafficked. About a mike past inspiration point the trail levels out and most people have thinned. The trail follows a large stream up the valley for another 4 miles. We saw (5) moose. For such large creatures they blend so keep your eyes open in the meadow areas. Plenty of Pika and Chipmunks. Missed the last ferry and had to hike 2-miles around the lake. Made for a very long day. I would not advise missing the last ferry.

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8 months ago

We started by walking around Jenny Lake, which was a bonus because we saw mom, baby and male moose. So beautiful! Ended up not going all the way to forks, but still got in 10 miles.

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8 months ago

Beautiful views very slight elevation gain. If you go to Inspiration point you should hike at least a mile and a half down this trail you’ll be glad you did. If you do take it to solitude lake trail head the last .6 miles starts to have an elevation gain. I did see a large brown bear by the stream about 150 yards away.

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8 months ago

Great trail, we started @ the boat dock and made our way up to Hidden Falls then Inspiration Point - a good plan is to continue a bit further up the trail to get a little higher perspective on the Lake and Valley. The Tetons has a beautiful dusting of snow from the day before and the vegetation was lush but we didn’t see any wildlife. Made it about halfway up Cascade Canyon and turned back just due to time. Good thing we did as we sat again at Inspiration Point for a quick lunch and caught a nasty squall coming over the mountains from the West. Best hike we did, if you have a good day prioritize the Canyon over any of the other lakes.

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8 months ago

Beautiful, awe-inspiring hike and a great trail. Took the Jenny Lake trail around from the visitor center, adding a couple (mostly flat) miles. If you continue along toward Holly Lake/Paintbrush Divide you will see more elevation gain and possibly some wildlife.

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no shade
8 months ago

Meh. Hiked this trail end of July 2019. A lot of hype but I did not think the view was as spectacular as the front facing photo. Most of the time is spent in brush and forest so you don’t get much perspective on he Canyon. Easy hike with great view of the lake in the beginning.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Amazing trail ! Just total beauty from beginning to end. I didn’t do the boat ride, I just parked at a “boat launch “ trailhead about 1.5 miles away and walked to the canyon. Saw pikas , a deer family , lots of awesome bugs. One of the nicest hikes I’ve done , I smiled the whole way.

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8 months ago

Gorgeous! But - once you get to the "end" of this trail where it forks left or right, you MUST continue right on the trail to Solitude Lake because that is by far the best part! The fork is a great place to stop for lunch to fuel you for the next leg of the trail. You don't have to go all the way to Solitude Lake, just get into the canyon because it is so amazingly beautiful. It's quite a haul up the canyon, but completely worth it. Once you get into the canyon you'll see what I mean, and you'll be able to tell once you get to the point where you've seen everything you are going to see, and don't need to continue all the way to Solitude Lake if you're feeling tired (we sure were). Also helpful to note - you can park at Jenny Lake and take the boat shuttle (bring cash) across the lake to cut off a few miles each way. We only took the boat shuttle on the way back because it didn't start running early enough in the morning, but were glad to cut off a few miles on the return.

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8 months ago

Great hike. Took the ferry across Jenny Lake. All of the elevation at the beginning of the hike. Trail goes past Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point. Not a super hard hike, but not easy either. Saw a bull moose grazing maybe 20 yards off the trail. Great scenery.

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8 months ago

Got there at 08.00. From today the ferry starts at 10.00 and the last ferry out is 16.00, so we had to walk round the lake. We wore solid trainers that were totally adequate for the trail. Got to the fork at the end of the trail but due to the unexpected addition at the start did not go to Solitude. 6 hours trip with the ferry back. Only a few hikers on the way up, but on the return it became busy especially around Inspiration Point to the ferry that was very busy. Overall a nice hike with the main effort at the start. A bit repetitive along the canyon trail but saw a bull moose at very close quarters, pika, chipmunk, & a river otter (we think). Saw young families through to seniors and returning overnight campers.

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8 months ago

We continued from Inspiration Point for only about a mile and half... so much worth it! Not difficult at all and would highly recommend.

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8 months ago

Hiked on September 3. Didn’t have enough time to go all the way to the fork, so we ended up turning around about 2.5 miles from the boat dock. Beautiful hike, particularly when it opens up and you get a full view of the canyon (there are a couple of paces where this happens, one about 1.7 miles from boat dock and another right at 2.5 miles. Saw a huge moose in Cascade Canyon. For anyone going with kids, I was part of a large group that included a few 5, 6, and 7 year olds. They all made it to Inspiration Point and turned around there, although that is where most of the elevation gain occurs, so I think they probably could have gone a bit further.

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8 months ago

Stunning trail. Would highly recommend an early departure to avoid crowds - we took at 9:45 ferry and while we gone on the way out, really heavy crowds on the way back + long wait for the ferry due to lots of ppl. Saw lots of wildlife though mostly small mammals, probably too late of a start to catch bear /moose. Hardest part is the steep incline at the start to inspiration point. AllTrails will think you’re off route but the path is well signed. Would love to do again!

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike through the canyon. Recommend starting early to avoid the crowds and the heat.

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